Hannah Fenlon | Breakout Session
About the session: In the 1990s, critical race theorist Mari Matsuda challenged activists and progressives to "ask the other question" when trying to "understand the interconnection of all forms of subordination." For instance, Matsuda writes, "When I see something that looks racist, I ask ‘Where is the patriarchy in this?’ When I see something that looks sexist, I ask ‘Where is the heterosexism in this?’” In our approach to truly equitable theatre leadership, this practice is essential. How are we reinscribing harmful systems of oppression in our hiring and recruitment, org charts, and professional development? Are we recreating the old familiar hierarchical power structures that were present in our first jobs or our academic experience? And how might we move past or transcend this thinking, creating new leadership and organizational models that embrace our field's full spectrum of humanity? This panel of thought leaders will discuss how they're approaching or would approach this charge, and will lead a full group discussion in which we will collectively envision a new truly inclusive future for the American theatre.
Hannah Fenlon is Associate Director of Conferences and Fieldwide Learning at Theatre Communications Group, and Communications and Alumni Manager for artEquity. She has worked as a freelance producer and casting director in Chicago (where she co-founded Two Birds Casting, a casting facilitation service for theatre) as well as with Goodman Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, A Red Orchid Theatre, Creative Capital, The Juilliard School, and as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Chicago. She received a BA in Drama from Kenyon College and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. She loves the Midwest, podcasts, and character-driven fiction.